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Globe Media Excellence Awards finalists announced

A total of 92 stories from media practitioners and content creators in Visayas and Mindanao have made it to the 9th Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA) roster of finalists, showing exemplary work in telling compelling, rich stories that influence this challenging period.

This year, GMEA received over 500 entries from Visayas and Mindanao. Of the submitted works, 49 were chosen as finalists for Visayas and 43 for Mindanao. Initially open to select major cities in the region, GMEA has since expanded its reach to more areas with finalists coming from Tacloban, Dipolog, and Bukidnon. 

“GMEA has gone through many changes in the past 8 years. On our 9th year, we are proud to have received entries from more media practitioners and content creators. This shows how much the news and its delivery have also evolved. As we look forward to the 10th year milestone, we hope many more storytellers will join us in advocating for impactful storytelling,” said Yoly Crisanto, SVP Group Corporate Communications and Chief Sustainability Officer at Globe.

Finalists will be vying for nine awards for digital and print, two for broadcast, and three special awards.  With the theme “#PadayonDigital: Uplifting Lives Through Digital Technology,” this year’s GMEA recognizes the importance of digital platforms in delivering relevant news and content to the public. It also celebrates the dedication of the media, considered as modern-day heroes that inspire positive change, make a difference and carry the country to a more hopeful tomorrow.

The 9th GMEA screeners include esteemed members of the academe and communications specialists: Henry Abellanosa – Program Director of BA Communication at Liceo de Cagayan University; Dr. Mary Shieldred Angeles -Associate Professor at Ateneo de Zamboanga University; Dr. Maria Teresa Asistido – Program Head and Institute of Languages and Director of the Office of External Affairs & Linkages at STI West Negros University; Sylvie Agravante – Proprietor and Head Instructor at GSA Learning Center;

Dr. Josyl Aquilam – Associate Professor of Communication Arts at Ateneo de Davao University; Mila Mae Caballero – Chair of the Journalism and Communications Department at University of San Jose Recoletos; Rhoda Campillan – Academic Supervisor of AB Communication at University of San Agustin; Dr. Lito Diones – Professor in the Graduate & Undergraduate Studies Department of Languages and Literature at Cebu Normal University; Jon Joaquin – Communications Consultant;

Dr. Manuelito Dabalos – Board Officer of the Council of Deans of Arts and Sciences in Region 10; Kenth Jaype – Journalism Instructor at Negros Occidental High School; Atty. Ian Vincent Manticajon – Senior Lecturer of Communication & Media Laws and Ethics at University of the Philippines Cebu; Mia Embalzado Mateo – Assistant Professor at University of the Philippines Cebu; John David Moncado – Faculty/Dept Coordinator of the Department of Technology and Communication Management at University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines;Kirk Rocensvalles – Program Head of the School of Design & Communication at Southwestern University PHINMA;

Bernadette Parco – News Producer and Senior Desk Editor at GMA News Online ; Mary Rose Ofianga – Senior Project Manager at; Ashley Uy – Product Manager at Plentina; Merle Dawn Comidoy-Acol – Instructor at the Department of Humanities University of the Philippines Mindanao; Dr. Zoilo Andrada Jr. – Associate Professor of College of Arts & Sciences at University of the Philippines Visayas, Miag-ao;

Prof. Jason Baguia – Doctoral Researcher and Faculty of Human Sciences at Catholic University of Portugal Lisbon, Portugal; Vanessa Almeda – Information Officer of the Securities and Exchange Commission Region 7; Zsa Sze Bacaling – Chair, Broadcasting Division of the College of Communication at West Visayas State University; Rechelle Ann Barraquias – Chairperson of the Development Communication Program at Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan; Publio Briones – Consultant at the Cebu Provincial Government;

Ena Marie Dizon – Instructor of Communication and Media Arts Program at University of the Philippines Mindanao; Dr. Sheryl Satorre-Estella – Co-Founder of BOSINA Studios consultancy for Digital Marketing; Shad Roi dela Cruz – Head of Growth & Partnerships of Spenmo Philippines; Dr. Ian Espada – Dean of College of Communication at West Visayas State University; Lyra Ko – Associate Professor at the Malayan Colleges Mindanao; Gerthrode Charlotte Mabilog – Faculty of the Division of Professional Education at University of the Philippines Visayas;

Liberty Pinili – Senior Corporate Communications Manager at Vivant Power Corporation; Cris Evert Lato-Ruffolo – Independent Journalist and Content Strategist for Publications & Companies in the Philippines, China, Singapore and Malaysia; Dr. Ramir Philip Jones Sonsona – Chair of the Department of Teaching Languages and Special Education at University of Science and Tech of Southern Philippines;

Joeven Tansi – Chair of the Department of Teaching Languages and Special Education at University of Science and Tech of Southern Philippines; Dr. Joseph Elvir Tubilan – Chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Cebu Normal University and Nicole Macarasig Padin – Product Owner of Branchify

The roster of judges includes digital marketing executives and sustainability advocates and officers: Auke Idzenga – Chief Executive Officer of the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc.; Ahmed Cuizon – Regional Director of LTFRB 3; Quark Henares – Head of Anima (Formerly Globe Studios); Fayette Riñen – Director at the Philippine Information Agency Region 7;

Atty. Jocelle Batapa-Sigue – Co-founder and President of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines; Marivir Montebon – Board Member and Past President of the Filipino American Press Club of New York; Janella Mae Soberano – Corporate Communications and Customer Relations Head of Cebu Landmasters, Inc.; Charlito Kaloy Manlupig – Founder & President of Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc.;

Dr. Rhodora Bucoy – Board Member of the UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation Inc.; Dave Overton – Founder and CEO of Symph; Edicio dela Torre – Chairperson of the Education for Life Foundation; Marriz Agbon – President and Managing Director of Surya Source Energy Inc. and Miko David – Co-Founder of David and Golyat.

The grand awarding ceremony will be held through a virtual event on May 6, 2022 and streamed live via GlobeICON on Facebook. The complete list of finalists is available on*

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November 2022

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